Taking things without permission is an age-old problem. Obviously for very young children and often children with social cognitive deficits it can be a development stage before they really learn appropriate language and perspective taking. Young children often lack impulse control and when they see something they want, they may just take it. Older children have additional reasons for taking things without asking. If you really want to do something, why risk being told “no”? Why endure the hassle of trying to convenience your parent/teacher when you know they will say “no”? And without
solid consequential thinking skills, you may not stop to think about the impact the taking would have on others. This social story on asking permission highlights the reasons why you should, utilizing perspective taking, consequences and empathy. Additionally, we give your student/child the words and behaviors to practice in order to appropriately ask. We look at expected and unexpected behaviors and feelings – and the thoughts associated with them. At the end of the story several scenarios are presented for your student to assess for comprehension of this skill and also a few scenarios in which
your student will be asked, “what would you do” and “how would you feel” in certain situations. This is a learned skill and some students/children require direct instruction on it.